Thursday, February 15, 2007

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Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed by Dan Le Batard on 790 the Ticket Wednesday afternoon.The five time All Star was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate."First of all I wouldn't want him on my team," said Hardaway. "Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don't think that's right and I don't think he should be in the locker room when we're in the locker room."Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were 'flatly homophobic' and bigoted, but that only seemed to stir up the former point guard."Well, you know, I hate gay people," Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. "I let it be known I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. It shouldn't be in the world, in the United States, I don't like it."(SOURCE CBS4.COM)

TONI BRAXTON’s former manager has blamed the break-up of her working relationships on the R&B star’s "interfering" husband.The singer settled a lawsuit with BARRY HANKERSON yesterday (14FEB07) after accusing him of profitting from her switch from Arista Records to his own Blackground Records label in 2003. She claimed Hankerson owes her at least $10 million (£5.2 million) from the label change and pleaded for a full contract release to pursue her own projects.But the music manager has fired back at reports he’s responsible for her disastrous record label history, insisting Braxton’s husband KERI LEWIS made his job impossible.He tells the New York Daily News, "It was a terrible experience for us. We had to work through her husband to get things done, and it was really tough for us."She was with the best hitmakers in the world, but she infused another person in the mix. Look at the back of the albums. All of a sudden you start seeing this new name. You couldn’t get to Toni or offer her a song." A spokesperson for Braxton retorts, "(Hankerson’s) continuing to blame Toni’s husband for everything except Hurricane Katrina is both untrue and unfounded."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

Tracy Morgan pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. The 38-year-old comic, who co-stars on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," submitted the plea in Manhattan Criminal Court in exchange for a conditional discharge, meaning he must meet conditions set by the court and the case against him will be dismissed. Judge Ellen Coin ordered Morgan to enter a doctor-supervised alcohol program, do community service to be determined later, and avoid being arrested again within the next six months. The judge also fined Morgan $1,000 and suspended his driver's license for six months. Outside court, Morgan, who came to court in a taxi with wife Sabina, apologized for his behavior. "Drinking and driving is not cool," he said, and he promised he would never be in that situation again.(SOURCE YAHOO NEWS)

VANESSA Minnillo is ankling from MTV's "TRL" show, a source tells Page Six. The former flame of Derek Jeter and current squeeze of Nick Lachey will not renew her contract, which expires in April, we're told. "MTV wants her out," said another insider. Other sources say continuous rumors of the show's demise and Minnillo's other high-wattage opportuni ties are driving her away from the network. Reps for MTV in sist, " 'TRL' has not been canceled." Should "TRL" live past April, our tipsters peg Susie Castillo as Minnillo's most likely replacement. Reps for MTV and Minnillo had no comment on her contract. (SOURCE NY POST)
Howard Stern has made the most out of Valentine's Day: The shock jock is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, model Beth Ostrosky, he announced on his Sirius Satellite radio show Wednesday. — Stern, 53, said that he proposed to Ostrosky, 34, Tuesday night and that she said, "Yes."(SOURCE PEOPLE.COM)
OASIS rocker NOEL GALLAGHER has criticised ROBBIE WILLIAMS for not being able to cope with his dependency on prescription drugs, just one day after the singer entered rehab.Williams was admitted to a clinic in the US on Tuesday (13FEB07), his 33rd birthday, but Gallagher has little sympathy for him.Speaking to UK radio station Heart yesterday (14FEB07), Gallagher said, "If you take drugs you end up in rehab unless you’re a f**king rock like me - and then you just give them up."We’ve all been there, but if you can’t stand the heat…"(SOURCE PR INSIDE)
Campaigning star JENNIFER LOPEZ’s humanitarian efforts have been honoured by human rights group Amnesty International.The OUT OF SIGHT actress was awarded the Artists for Amnesty prize at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday (14FEB07) for highlighting the spate of unsolved killings in Mexico in her latest film.BORDERTOWN, which also stars ANTONIO BANDERAS and MARTIN SHEEN, sees Lopez play an investigative journalist reporting on a serial killer in the Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez.Amnesty International claims more than 400 unsolved female murders have been committed in Juarez since the killings began in 1993.Lopez described the situation as "one of the world’s most shocking and disturbing, underreported crimes against humanity".The Oscar-winning actress said she was "very humbled" after being presented with the award by East Timor’s Prime Minister JOSE RAMOS-HORTA, a Nobel Peace laureate.(SOURCE WENN)
The father of the flight attendant at the centre of RALPH FIENNES’ airborne sex scandal has dubbed her colleagues "ugly and jealous" for reporting her behaviour to airline bosses.The British actor caused controversy late last month (JAN07) on a long-haul journey from Australia to India when he reportedly "became amorous" with 38-year-old Qantas stewardess LISA ROBERTSON, who has been suspended from the company while an investigation takes place.But GRAHAM ROBERTSON, Lisa’s dad, insists his daughter was "just doing her job" - and wasn’t surprised the SCHINDLER’S LIST star fell for her charms.He says, "Lisa just does her job and if someone wants a cup of coffee and biscuits, she looks after them."She’s not a bad-looking girl. If you do the right thing people take a liking to you." Robertson adds the colleagues responsible for reporting Lisa were "probably ugly and were just jealous."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)"
Looks like Lindsay Lohan may be repairing a troubled relationship with a man in her life: her father. After years of tension, Lohan — who’s in rehab — is mending fences with her father Michael, who’s in prison, a source told Life & Style. It began when Michael Lohan wrote an encouraging letter to his daughter while in rehab, reports the mag. “It was such a welcome surprise,” a “friend” told the L&S. “Linds was certainly touched and a little choked up.” The buddy says that the “Mean Girls” star is “proceeding with caution” but that she’s “thrilled” to have her father back in her life.(SOURCE MSNBC.COM)

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